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Spode Aesop's Fables Large Fruit Bowl Comport, 1835

 Item — Box: CFC Tableware Box 5
Identifier: CFC2022.0023.1

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

The Carlson Fable Collection is a gathering of primary fable materials at Reinert Alumni Memorial Library at Creighton University. It grew out of the personal collection of fable materials gathered by Rev. Gregory Carlson, S.J. and was given to the Creighton Libraries in 1996. There are more than 10,000 books and approximately 8,000 artifacts in the collection.

From plates to stamps, from cards to whiskey decanters, from toys to posters, you'll find just about anything you can imagine here. Please explore all that is to offer here in my fables Catalogue of Objects.

This is the largest online catalog of fable related objects on the internet. Many are from Aesop's Fables but you will find La Fontaine, Velazquez and Krylov also represented in this collection.


  • 1835


  • Spode (Manufacturer, Organization)


1 Bowls : Spode Aesop's Fables Large Fruit Bowl Comport. Center: Lion and Fox. Rim: Leopard and Fox. Staffordshire Green Transferware. Staffordshire, England: Copeland and Garrett: New Blanche Potteries. ; 11" wide. 5½" tall.

Language of Materials



I agree with the seller that this large bowl is crisply transfer printed in the best green color. It features oversized flowers with hidden fox heads. The center has the fox wary of the supposedly sick lion. The outside has a repeated scene of the leopard bragging about his beautiful skin and the fox answering in terms of the beauty of his mind. As the seller noted, a large piece had been reapplied with glue and staples, one of only a few that probably still survive. "We rarely add a damaged piece to our shop unless it’s worthy of merit." I agree with that too!

Immediate Source of Acquisition

$140 from Aesthetic Transferware, Montague, MA, April, '22.



  • Spode (Manufacturer, Organization)
  • Printed Fables Webpage

Repository Details

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